Paul Eggert wrote:
On 02/02/2018 03:16 PM, L A Walsh wrote:
It also used to be the default.

Single-byte locales also used to be the default. Times have changed, and things have gotten more complicated. We don't change default behavior for no reason, but we also don't keep the default the same even when the world has changed and another default behavior would typically be better.
But most computer files (vs. user-files) are still single-byte.

Even UTF-8 is mostly single byte, though treating it as a text-stream
works most of the time -- unless the user specifies a character above

I more often use a search in a GUI for user-based files.

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